October 22, 2010
By katikoolaid BRONZE, Gahanna, Ohio
katikoolaid BRONZE, Gahanna, Ohio
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He is here again.
The same clothes
The same shoes.
Different bruises.
The teacher tries to act
Like it’s okay.
The whole class turns,
Then turns away.
He walks to his desk
In front of mine
And sits.
I can see
The distinctive cut
Of a broken beer bottle
Shoved into his neck.
He doesn’t even try to hide it.
He isn’t proud,
But he isn’t embarrassed.
He is ignored.
We talk, but
Never for long.
He goes home
The same way I do,
So we walk together.
When we get to his street,
He turns towards me
And turns away.
I feel like I’ll
Never see that
Wonderful smile again.
The smile of the ignored child.
I brush it off,
And smile
To his back
Wishing he would
Turn around.
I want him to
Come home with me
So he can’t get hurt
The next day,
I wish I had listened to
My instincts.

The author's comments:
I wrote this poem after listening to so many sad PSA's in my English class about child abuse.
If you ever think someone is being abused, TELL SOMEONE.
Cause if you don't,
Someday you may wish you did.

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